1st Edition

Context, Truth and Objectivity Essays on Radical Contextualism

Edited By Eduardo Marchesan, David Zapero Copyright 2019
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    The claim according to which there is a categorial gap between meaning and saying – between what sentences mean and what we say by using them on particular occasions – has come to be widely regarded as being exclusively a claim in the philosophy of language. The present essay collection takes a different approach to these issues. It seeks to explore the ways in which that claim – as defended first by ordinary language philosophy and, more recently, by various contextualist projects – is grounded in considerations that transcend the philosophy of language. More specifically, the volume seeks to explore how that claim is inextricably linked to considerations about the nature of truth and representation. It is thus part of the objective of this volume to rethink the current way of framing the debates on these issues. By framing the debate in terms of an opposition between "ideal language theorists" and their semanticist heirs on the one hand and "communication theorists" and their contextualist heirs on the other, one brackets important controversies and risks obscuring the undoubtedly very real oppositions that exist between different currents of thought.

    1. Introduction

    2. David Zapero

    3. What is a Statement?

    4. Jocelyn Benoist

    5. Ordinary Language Philosophy Needs Situation Semantics (or Why Grice Needs Austin)

    6. Krista Lawlor

    7. Beyond Unnatural Doubts: Lessons from Wittgenstein

    8. Michael Williams

    9. Meaning and Ostension: from Putnam Semantics to Contextualism

    10. François Recanati

    11. The Role of Intention in Truth

    12. Eduardo Marchesan

    13. Is Seeing Judging? Radical Contextualism and the Problem of Perception

    14. Sofia Miguens

    15. Externalism and Context-Sensitivity

    16. David Zapero

    17. Contextualism and the Twilight of Representationalism

    18. Avner Baz

    19. Their Work and Why They Do It

    Charles Travis


    Eduardo Marchesan is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Philosophy Department of the University of São Paulo. His main research interests are in the fields of philosophy of language and linguistics. He has published various articles in both these fields.


    David Zapero is a Research Fellow of the Thyssen Foundation at the Philosophy Department of the University of Bonn. His interests lie in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophy of language and moral psychology. His publications include various articles in these fields and a forthcoming book entitled La forme de la règle (2018).